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Shabbat Shalom 22 Kislev 5782 שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Read On My son, Aaron, is a student at Machon Pardes (The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies), where he is spending a semester studying Jewish texts—a spiritual journey taking the place of the kind of post-army trek to southeast Asia typical of many young Israelis. For Aaron, who received a limited formal Jewish education growing … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – August 2018

  In a few days, the Jewish world will mark the first day of the month of Elul, known as the month of mercy and forgiveness. It is the month leading us into the holiness and sanctity of the high holidays. Through the month, many will blow the Shofar each morning—a reminder to transcend the … Continued

Mekudeshet – D’ash

Dásh – August 2018 Mekudeshet: The summer season in Israel is often characterized by a dissonance between the solemn days of the Jewish calendar (during the three weeks before Tisha B’Av) and the splash and fun of day camps, vacation, and the constant (and exhausting!) pursuit of entertainment for our kids. Now that we have … Continued

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Parallel Cities

When I had originally planned on this month’s message, I had no idea that I would open it with a prayer for the safety and well being of three Israeli boys who were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from boarding school. Since early Friday morning, these three students have become all our boys. … Continued

JCCs Travel to Israel with Boarding Pass

The Mandell JCC from Hartford, Connecticut is just one of many JCCs that is sending groups of travelers to Israel through JCC Association’s Boarding Pass travel program. Each group’s itinerary is specifically designed by the staff at our Israel office to focus on the group’s interests. There are wine and food trips, tours for art … Continued